Qatar and the US have facilitated the first direct technical talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban movement on the release of prisoners, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Sunday.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree ordering the gradual release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners in two phases, the presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said in a tweet on Wednesday.
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani signed a decree to facilitate the release of some Taliban prisoners in Afghan jails, a spokesman for his office said on Wednesday.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced extension to the temporary truce between the government and Taliban movement for one week, hoping to agree on a complete ceasefire in the country.
The United States of America (US) and the Taliban on Saturday signed a peace agreement in Doha under the auspices of Qatar which is expected to end nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan.
US President Donald Trump said Sunday he would sign a peace deal with the Taliban if one were eventually reached in Afghanistan.
Mobile phone services were restored across swathes of Taliban-contested areas of Afghanistan over the weekend as a partial truce with the militants held for a second day.
A US-Taliban peace deal could be signed this month if the Taliban significantly reduces violence, and that deal could lead to the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan ...
At least 13 Afghan security forces were killed and several more injured when Taliban fighters attacked security checkpoints in northern Kunduz province, officials said on Wednesday.